Monday, 6 August 2012

The Final Warning by James Patterson

The Final Warning by James Patterson.


PAGES: 256

Read on Kindle.

PLOT: Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment.  Max and the other members of the Flock-six kids who share her remarkable ability-have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the causes of global warming. The expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure, activism--and escaping government forces who watch the Flock like a hawk.But even in Antarctica, trapped in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Maximum Ride is James Patterson's greatest character, a heroine who manages to be human and fearless at once.

Usually, when reviewing a Maximum Ride novel, I give the characters five out of five because of how much I enjoy reading about them. Well, this time It only gets three out of five. This book was not great. Max really annoyed me in this book. Every time something romantic happens between her and Fang, like when they kiss, she goes with it for about two seconds and then takes off. Erm, what are you doing Max?! Why do you always feel like you need to be on your own? Max really needs to learn to let the Flock, especially Fang, in on whatever is bothering her. She needs to open up to them and let her true feelings show, wear her heart on her sleeve from time to time. C'mon Max, let your hair down!
Angel is kind of getting under my skin too. She doesn't really listen to Max anymore and generally, does whatever the heck she wants! It is also creepy the way she can manipulate people into doing whatever she wants...

PLOT: 2/5
The plot of this book was so bad. I was about 60% into it and I really felt like giving up on it. I mean, usually with the Maximum Ride novels, I am flying through them and loving the plot. But with this book, the plot was slow, boring and predictable. It was not like Patterson to let the standards drop so rapidly in this book, I was very surprised. The usual thing happened; Fang meets girl who likes him, Max gets jealous, New evil villain, yada yada yada. The Antarctic setting was so boring, like what could possibly happen in the Artic?! I much preferred it when they were in a place full of people and were pretending to be normal. The new villain was rubbish, boxes of organs in a chair, how intimidating- NOT. The new 'bots were not that intimidating in this book either. Sort of boring plot, I was really hoping for some more butt-kicking and fast paced plot twists but sadly, there wasn't any :(
Hope the next book is better!

The writing style of this book was the worst of Patterson's ever! Usually I like his snappy, imaginative and generally fun-to-read writing style. This time, I didn't enjoy it at all. Sometimes I felt that he was just shoving in a snappy comeback or quip just for the hell of it. Max's snarky and sarcastic nature, that is usually fun to read, came across as arrogant, annoying and selfish in this book. The chapters were even shorter in this book and some of them, really, could have been shoved or joined onto the next / previous chapter and it would have made the book a lot more fun to read. Overall this book really disappointed me. The Maximum Ride series is one of my favourite series and this book was way below the standards set by the other books.

a three star book
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